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A newly discovered comet will soon appear in the night sky for the first time in 50,000 years.
Discovered on March 2, 2022 by astronomers using the Zwicky space field survey facility at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego County, California, the comet will make its closest approach on February 12, according to NASA.
Named C/2022 E3 (ZTF), the comet’s orbit around the sun is passing through the outer reaches of the solar system, which is why it takes such a long way – and takes so long – to bounce back to Earth. Planetary society.
Skygazers in the Northern Hemisphere using telescopes and binoculars should look at the northern horizon before midnight to spot it on January 12, according to Sky Earth.
The icy celestial object, which is constantly approaching the sun, brightens, then its closest transit of Earth between February 1 and February 2, removed about 26 million miles (42 million miles), according to Sky Earth – as a comet approaches Earth. Observers will be able to spot that place next to the bright star Polaris, which is also called the North Star, and should stay in the evening.
Comets visible through binoculars in the morning sky should be the guardians of the skies in the Northern Hemisphere, mostly in January and in the Southern Hemisphere in early February, according to NASA.
As it becomes clear in the coming weeks, C/2022 E3 (ZTF) may also appear with the naked eye in the dark skies towards the end of January.
A comet can be distinguished from other stars by its streaky tail of dust and swirling particles, and also by its glowing green halo around it. A plume is the envelope that passes around a comet near the sun, causing its ice to sublimate or convert directly to gas. This makes it so that comets have been observed through telescopes.
And don’t miss the other celestial events in 2023.
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